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Comment Re:Enlightenment (Score 2) 269

Check your facts -- Galileo didn't get into trouble for his heliocentric theories, he got into trouble for calling the pope an idiot for asking for the evidence -- who was on the side of science there? Galileo had been told to stop teaching heliocentrism in Church schools unless he had some evidence to support it, and Galileo threw a hissy fit and refused to stop. Even the inquisition said that if he had evidence to support the theory he'd be in the clear. (Unfortunately, the only evidence he had was from telescopes, which were unproven and many scientists at the time regarded in much the same way as scientists regard E-meters nowadays.)

Comment Re:I don't understand the opposing argument. (Score 1) 258

Have you seen London traffic? It doesn't move. It's not possible to make it worse. The idea is that giving people who can use bikes that alternative stands a good chance of reducing the London traffic, because a bike is much faster (even for me, and at 60 I'm not far off the *elderly* category).

Comment Re:I don't understand the opposing argument. (Score 3, Insightful) 258

Just because you ride a bike, doesn't mean you can ride in the road and ignore traffic lights, ignore stop signs, cut the lane in between cars and have the gull to grab onto a car and use it as a speed booster.

Indeed it doesn't. And I don't know about where you are, but in the UK most of those things are likely to get the cyclist a hefty fine if caught. Sure, some cyclists try it on anyway, but how many motorists can say they've never exceeded a speed limit?

Comment Re:Tax dollars at work. (Score 4, Informative) 674

No court time at all for abstracting the electricity. If you read the article (yes, I know, I know...) you'll learn that the police agreed this was a ridiculous arrest and de-arrested him ("de-arrested" is more of a statement than simply releasing him without charge -- pun unintended; it means that the arrest should never have happened, and the arrest is struck from the legal record so it won't give the person difficulty getting visas etc.)

He's still in trouble for acting like a dick when he was arrested, though.

Comment Re:Thank God! (Score 3, Insightful) 84

Not all preinstalled apps on my S4 mini can be disabled. And at random the phone pops up a screen asking me to approve an update to the Samsung software which I'm not willing to do because I'm not willing to concede the extra permissions it demands. Lots of the built-in apps won't work without the update, but they're apps I never use anyway. I'm worried it will catch me out one day by popping up the "OK" button right under where I was about to press. Time for me to root the phone, I suppose, but I cant find out how to do it for the build I have.

The two most common things in the Universe are hydrogen and stupidity. -- Harlan Ellison